BSL on the Move in Illinois!
Immediate help is needed to stop two poorly written bills that would hurt responsible dog owners in Illinois ! HB4213 Background: Introduced by Rep. Michael Tryon on December 1st, 2005, HB4213 automatically deems American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, "pit bulls," Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Terriers vicious and requires owners of these […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/bsl-on-the-move-in-illinois/ | January 12, 2006
VT Considers Ban on Ear Cropping
Sen. Ann Cummings has introduced S250, a bill to prohibit ear cropping in Vermont. Violators would face a civil penalty of up to $3,000 for a first offense. Those who commit subsequent violations or who perform the procedure without anesthesia would face criminal charges. The bill does not prohibit owning, showing, buying or selling a […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/vt-considers-ban-on-ear-cropping/ | January 4, 2006
Illinois Dog Owners Face Multiple BSL Threats
AKC and dog owners in Illinois are organizing against state and city measures that ban or severely restrict specific breeds of dogs. Phone calls, e-mails, and letters to legislators are urgently needed to stop these unfair proposals: State of Illinois HB4212: Introduced by Rep. Michael Tryon on December 1st, HB4212 would permit cities to regulate […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/illinois-dog-owners-face-multiple-bsl-threats/ | December 2, 2005
Representative David Lewis Honored for CGC® Work
The American Kennel Club welcomed Representative David Lewis to its operations center in Raleigh on Tuesday, November 22nd. Rep. Lewis, who represents Harnett County in the North Carolina General Assembly, was instrumental in getting a Canine Good Citizen Proclamation passed in the Tar Heel state this year. The proclamation officially recognizes the AKC's Canine Good […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/representative-david-lewis-honored-for-cgcr-work/ | November 22, 2005
San Francisco Passes Breed-Specific Mandatory Spay/Neuter
Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a breed-specific ordinance that will require "pit bull" owners in the city and county to spay or neuter their dogs unless they obtain a $100 breeding permit. The legislation defines "pit bulls" as American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and any dog […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/san-francisco-passes-breed-specific-mandatory-spay-neuter/ | November 17, 2005
CA Governor Signs SB861 Into Law
Despite months of strong opposition from countless responsible California dog owners and a host of animal organizations including the American Kennel Club, the Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs and The Animal Council, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB861 into law on Friday, October 7th. The legislation takes effect January 1st, and several municipalities have already indicated their […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/ca-governor-signs-sb861-into-law/ | October 10, 2005
Urgent Help Needed in CA!
Calling all California dog owners!  Governor Schwarzenegger still has not taken action on SB861.  IF HE DOES NOT VETO THE BILL BEFORE OCTOBER 9th , IT WILL BECOME LAW WITHOUT HIS SIGNATURE.  Please contact the governor's office TODAY and urge him to veto this misguided bill!   Reminder: LAST CHANCE TO STOP BSL IN CALIFORNIA! […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/urgent-help-needed-in-ca/ | October 5, 2005
Attention El Paso Dog Owners
The City of El Paso's Health and Public Safety Legislative Committee will hear a new animal control ordinance at its October 12th meeting. The proposal - a complete rewrite of the city's animal code - contains a $75 litter permit and restricts breeders to only one litter per year. Additionally, owners will be required to […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/attention-el-paso-dog-owners/ | October 4, 2005
UPDATE: Prince George’s County, MD Considers Repeal of Breed-Specific Ordinance
The Prince George's County Health, Education and Human Services Committee passed CB-10 in September. The ordinance will be heard before the full City Council on October 25 at 10 am in the County Administration Building. To show continued support for this important measure, concerned dog owners are encouraged to attend an organizational meeting held by […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/update-prince-georges-county-md-considers-repeal-of-breed-specific-ord/ | October 3, 2005
Third-Annual AKC Lobby Day Held in Washington , D.C.
Congress welcomed purebred dog owners from across the country last week as part of the American Kennel Club's third-annual Lobby Day. Hosted by the Canine Legislation department, Lobby Day gives attendees a chance to learn more about issues that impact fanciers on the federal level. More importantly, participants are given an opportunity to carry the […]
https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/third-annual-akc-lobby-day-held-in-washington-dc/ | September 28, 2005

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